The Netherlands remains subject to tight restrictions on events, and the promoters had made it clear that they were not keen to hold their first race behind closed doors, having sold out tickets for the event before the coronavirus pandemic.
“We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”
“We and Formula 1 have investigated the potential to hold a rescheduled race this year without spectators, but we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”
F1 bosses are still in the process of putting together a revised calendar for this season. Two races at Silverstone have been agreed – provided the British government’s quarantine rules can exempt major sporting events.
Belgium is another one of the countries at which F1 hopes to hold a race, after Austria was agreed before the Silverstone deal.
Among the other potential hosts are the tracks originally intended to hold races this year in Spain, Hungary, France and Italy.
Financial crisis. Williams ready to sell major stake in the F1 team.
Williams say they are considering selling a minority or majority stake in the iconic British Formula 1 team as they pursue a “new strategic direction” to ensure they are “well positioned to take advantage of Formula 1’s new era which will begin in 2021”.
The Williams Grand Prix Holdings group reported an adjusted loss of £13m for the year ending 2019, against profits of £12.9m in 2018, and new investment will now be sought. To make the situation worse, the partner Rokit has ended his sponsorship with Williams.
“Options being considered include, but are not limited to, raising new capital for the business, a divestment of a minority stake in WGPH, or a divestment of a majority stake in WGPH including a potential sale of the whole company.”
Kimi and the special gift from Ferrari.
As recognition for his services to Ferrari, the time totalling eight years across two stints, Ferrari sent the special delivery to the Finn. Kimi received the gift in the perfect “holy drinker” style.
Räikkönen’s victory was made all the sweeter as he held off Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton for the win, and was his first since rejoining Ferrari in 2014.
He made a one-stop strategy work to his advantage despite massive pressure from rivals Mercedes. After taking the lead of the race from Hamilton into Turn One at the start, Räikkönen was kept out by Ferrari under the virtual safety car, deployed on lap nine to recover Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull.